Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christopher Whitehead,
Professor Rhiannon Mason,
Dr Susannah Eckersley,
Dr Katherine Lloyd
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© Christopher Whitehead, Katherine Lloyd, Susannah Eckersley and Rhiannon Mason 2015. All rights reserved.One major contention of this book and of the research that we have undertaken for the MeLa project is that place is a fundamental epistemological structure and referent within museums. This initial chapter draws on our research into European museum representations of place as well as providing an initial sense of some of the qualitative research into staff and visitor perspectives. The chapter is in three parts. We will offer some theoretical resources for understanding place within museums: (1) as a force within identity work; (2) as something inextricably connected with temporality; and (3) as an entity made manifest in material objects in museums. We also discuss the scales of place representations, from global to local and ‘multi-geographical’, involving a discussion of the nature of historical representation in museums and the significance of place for the construction of history more generally. This corresponds loosely to the thematic structuring of our research in clusters, including ‘Placing the Nation’, ‘European Cities and their Others’ and ‘Peoples, Borders, Movements’, articulating different ways of representing place and place identities in museums. Finally, we make suggestions for rethinking contemporary museum practice, with particular regard to issues around migration and its discursive configuration relative to ideas such as multiculturalism, exchange, solidarity and belonging.
Author(s): Whitehead C, Mason R, Eckersley S, Lloyd K
Editor(s): Whitehead, C; Lloyd, K; Eckersley, S; Mason, R
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Museums, Migration and Identity in Europe: Peoples, Places and Identities
Print publication date: 01/05/2015
Online publication date: 09/03/2016
Acceptance date: 01/01/1900
Place Published: Aldershot
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